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Read this before you buy Sony A6600

It’s look like someone not happy with the Sony A6600 camera announcement. Sony A6500 camera was announced back on October 2016, now after waiting for 2+ years Sony announced A6600 camera with minor updates over A6500. Take a look what Engadget said when they have tested out the new Sony A6600 camera.

It’s bizarre that Sony didn’t update the sensor over the last model, considering that it’s the world’s leader in sensor technology. The bad rolling shutter was the biggest weakness of the original A6500, and it’s now back to haunt the A6600. In 2019, it has to compete against the X-T3, Z 50, Canon’s M6 II and Panasonic’s GH5, none of which have rolling shutter that’s nearly as noticeable. I also wish it had two faster card slots and more advanced 4K options.

If you’re looking to spend $1,400, I’d get the X-T3 instead, which is a better all around camera. If it’s resolution you need, take a look at Canon’s M6 Mark II which is cheaper ($1,050 with the EVF) and can also shoot faster. If you’re okay with a smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor, Panasonic’s $1,500 GH5 is still the best video-centric mirrorless camera out there, especially with recent AF firmware updates.

They could use the new 26MP BIS CMOS sensor they have sold to Fuji, at the same time to work effectively on s-log we need at least 10bit video output from the camera. But again Sony A6600 limited to 8bit as of its predecessor. They need to simplify their APS-C line-up of camera as they have did in FF range. At the end, you might get an A7III for the price of the a6600 and that is definitely a better deal!

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Some Silly Mistakes Related to Nikon Z50 Announcement

Ok, that’s really interesting and fun to see some silly mistakes related to the Nikon Z50 camera announcement. We have several mistakes in camera image sample page and once noticeable mistake in sample video of the Nikon Z50 camera.

Got these snaps from

As you can see someone in Nikon able to grab F2.8 images from 15-50mm F3.5-6.3VR Lens

https://youtu.be/QUSO6J8O3eE

 

Someone shooting at 60FPS and text shows 120FPS.

But, all these are just funny mistakes. Above all Nikon Z50 is a excellent camera with very impressive core specification.  Grab your camera from B&H Store and Amazon.com

Fuji X100 Series Names Decoded [Video]

In a short video you will know how fuji is keeping up the X100 series camera names… and if you know the algorithm you can predict the future camera names (Btw, Fuji can change their pattern after watching this video).

Leica SL2 Camera Press Release, Specification and More

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Leica finally announced the new Leica SL2 camera, Leica SL2 is successor of Leica SL camera. Leica SL2 have a major upgrade over it’s predecessor core specification. Take a look at the major difference between the two

Leica SL Leica SL2
  • 24MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Leica Maestro II Image Processor
  • Internal DCI 4K Video & L-Log Gamma
  • 0.66″ 4.4MP 0.8x Electronic Viewfinder
  • 2.95″ 1.04m-Dot LED-Backlit Touchscreen
  • Contrast AF System with 49 Fields
  • Up to 11 fps Shooting and ISO 50000
  • Two SD Card Slots; 1.3″ Top LCD Screen
  • Weather-Resistant Milled Aluminum Body
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity and GPS
  • $4199 body only
  • 47.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Maestro III Image Processor
  • 5.76m-Dot 0.78x-Mag. EyeRes OLED EVF
  • 3.2″ 2.1m-Dot Touchscreen LCD
  • 5K/DCI 4K Video; HLG & 10-Bit Recording
  • ISO 100-50000, Up to 20 fps Shooting
  • Contrast-Detect 225-Area AF System
  • 5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
  • 187MP Multishot, Dual SD UHS-II Slots
  • $5995 body only

Well Leica SL2 camera announced with major core specs update. We have a brand new Sony sensor, new image processor more fast AF system as well as 5K video recording capability. Now, Leica SL2 also features sensor shift image stabilization system and ability to take 187MP images via multi-shot mode. Continuous AF is available up to 6FPS after that at higer burst speed AF will remain locked at first frame. You can record DCI or UHD 4K at up to 60p from nearly the full width of the sensor, but when you are shooting at 5K at up to 30p from a 4:3, roughly you have to face 1.6x, cropped region of its sensor.

One design part Leica has more improved grip, better weather sealing and The camera has dual SD card slots, both of which are capable of UHS-II speeds. The official battery life rating for the SL2 is 370 shots per charge.

Best intro Video of Leica SL2 by Kai

 

Leica SL2 Press Release

A New Icon: Leica Camera Announces the New Leica SL2, Successor to the Trailblazing Leica SL

November 6, 2019 – Building on the foundation established in 2015 with the visionary Leica SL-System, Leica Camera proudly introduces the Leica SL2, the storied brand’s new icon and next evolutionary step towards building the perfect all-purpose camera. By listening closely to the valued feedback of photographers and existing SL owners, Leica made many efforts to push the envelope of technological innovation and performance while respecting its heritage of design and legacy. In addition to a technical marvel of pure performance and unmatched build quality, the Leica SL2 is also a joyous experience to use with improved ergonomics and more comfortable grip married to the well-established, simplified three-button control layout, further unifying the Leica design language across multiple product lines. While cutting-edge new features such as in-body image stabilization unlocks newfound potential from legendary Leica M-Lenses, it simultaneously augments the growing selection of SL-Lenses which are some of the finest optics Leica has ever produced. The Leica SL2 is the natural evolution of the innovative Leica SL, serving as a groundbreaking embrace of the future of digital photography and videography while paying homage to its respected history and lineage.

CMOS sensor with 47 megapixels for superior image quality

The unprecedented resolution of the SL2’s CMOS image sensor in full-frame format results in an unparalleled level of detail rendition and image quality. Enormous dynamic range, a color depth of 14 bits per RGB channel and a sensitivity of up to ISO 50,000 enable outstanding image quality in all lighting conditions. Even when combined with Leica TL lenses, which are designed for the smaller sensor format of the Leica TL2 and CL, the SL2’s sensor still delivers an excellent image resolution of over 20 megapixels.

Image stabilization through sensor-shift technology

In a major evolution of the SL, the Leica SL2 features a suspended sensor which adjusts its position in order to quickly and efficiently compensate for camera shake. This in-camera method even makes image stabilization available to lenses that are not equipped with their own.

Additionally, in multishot mode, the tripod-mounted camera can record up to eight consecutive frames, whereby the sensor is shifted in half-pixel increments in between every exposure. This key feature results in images with an incredible quadrupled resolution of around 187 megapixels, leading to an extreme increase in detail resolution.

Improved ergonomics for stress-free shooting in any situation

Despite significant technical improvements, the Leica SL2 is neither larger nor heavier than its predecessor and feels particularly compact to handle. This is due to the fully redesigned camera body, whose handgrip and the edges have been subtly refined for easier handling.

Improved body design paired with increased durability make the SL2 the perfect companion for all forms of shooting. The SL2’s IP54 certification ensures an elevated weather sealing for more rugged situations, while a new option to turn off noise reduction during long exposures allows for more hands-free shooting. Less worry about the weather and environmental situations means photographers can focus more on getting the shot.

Overall the design of the SL2 recalls more of the iconic Leica identity and traditional design DNA elements that the brand has become known and loved for.

Streamlined design with new status menus

The Leica SL2 offers an innovative user interface whose efficient design allows photographers to focus their attention on the creative process. The design alignment with the existing M and Q systems makes the adjustment even easier for existing Leica photographers.

The main recording parameters can be viewed on the rear display and adjusted quickly and easily with a simple finger tap. A click wheel, a joystick and three strategically placed, individually configurable buttons also contribute to a straightforward operation. Thanks to two dedicated status menus for stills and video recording, the parameters for either shooting mode can be adjusted entirely separately from each other.

Limitless connections

Featuring an L bayonet lens mount, the Leica SL2 is not only compatible with the ever-growing portfolio of SL-System lenses, but also with lenses of the TL-System and with the legendary lenses of Leica’s M, S and R-Systems via adapter, providing more than 170 Leica lens options, guaranteed to offer the right fit for any photographic scenario. The L-Mount Alliance expands this scope of possibilities even further, by giving SL2 photographers access to L-mount-compatible lenses from Sigma and Panasonic.

Maestro III processor for ultra-fast operation

The new Maestro III processor facilitates a superior operating speed that shines in many aspects of the SL2’s performance. The autofocus is significantly faster and allows for a virtually lag-free shutter release in any shooting situation, which is further complemented by the new Smart AF mode, which autonomously switches between focus priority and shutter release priority. Full-resolution recordings of consecutive images are possible at 10 frames per second with the focal plane shutter, and 20 frames per second with the electronic shutter. Thanks to two UHS-II-compatible SD card slots, raw files can be saved simultaneously in DNG and JPEG format.

Leica EyeRes® viewfinder with even higher resolution

The camera’s electronic viewfinder now boasts a resolution of 5.76 megapixels, allowing for a large, entirely natural-looking viewfinder image. Simultaneously, the experience is further enhanced when using the touchscreen, which has increased in size to a 3.2-inch diagonal, and now offers a significantly higher resolution of 2.1 megapixels.

Perfect tool for cinematographers

In addition to its great appeal for photographers, the Leica SL2 speaks the language of cinematographers, as the camera is able to record up to 60 frames per second in Cine 4K mode, and up to 180 frames per second in Full-HD mode. Activating Cine mode transforms the SL2 into a manually controlled cine camera as ISO becomes ASA, the shutter speed is marked in degrees on the rotary disk shutter, and the f-stops indicating the aperture ratio are replaced by T-stops, which measure the actual amount of light transmitted through the lens. Connecting audio equipment to the Leica SL2 no longer requires the use of adapters, as the camera now features a build in headphones and mic jack, complemented by a fully-fledged HDMI connector for external monitors.

The Leica SL2 is available in Leica Stores and Leica Boutiques beginning November 21, 2019, at a recommended retail price of $5,995.

 

Google Pixel 4 Beat Canon Fullframe Mirrorless Camera

We all know smartphone killed compact camera sales, but nowdays smartphones are using AI technique to generate more perfect images. And with passing time these techs are improving so well, that in near future smartphones will give tough competition to interchangeable lens camera market.

products used in the shootout – Canon EOS RP (B&H) | Google pixel 4 (B&H)

Image captured from Canon EOS RP

 

Image Captured via Google Pixel 4 Smartphone

For more details look at the Video

Best of both world

Why not even a single camera maker step out of box and adopt adnroid OS for their camera and spend some time and money in R&D of AI based customized camera apps for their system cameras.

If any camera maker combine the goodness of large camera sensor and AI based camera modes + image decoding algorithms as we have in smartphones, then for sure we will have best tool in our hands.

Zeiss ZX1 is a excellent attempt to create smartcameras

We all know Zeiss ZX1 is a smartcamera which uses android OS and customized camera app. But it cost too high and not in the reach of day to day shooters. We need a new series of smartcameras that can uplift the performance of existing cameras.

What will happen in next Five years ?

Do you have any idea what will happen in next five years if smartphone makers improves their AI to next level and introduce more complex and high quality camera modules behind smartphones ?

Do share your thoughts with us

source petapixel

Canon EOS Ra Officially Announced, Press Release and Videos

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So, finally long rumored Canon EOS Ra camera announced today with a price tag of $2,499. As we have told you before the camera features same core specification as we have seen in the Canon EOS R camera. They have added two new features in the Canon EOS R camera

Major Difference between the Canon EOS R vs EOS Ra camera

  1. Modified the IR filter in front of the full-frame sensor
  2. EOS Ra also offers a 30x magnification option in the EVF and in Live View, a dramatic increase from the 10x magnification found in the standard EOS R

 

Aside from those two alterations, the EOS Ra is effectively identical to the EOS R, complete with the 30MP sensor, 3.69M-dot OLED EVF, dot-matrix LED panel and magnesium-alloy body.

Canon EOS Ra Major Specification

 

  • 30.3 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • Modified Filter for Enhanced Night Sky Recording
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with 5,655 Manually Selectable AF Positions
  • RF Mount Compatible with RF Lenses and EF/EF-S Lenses* (with Optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS R)
  • 4K 30p with Canon Log and 10-bit 4:2:2 HDMI Output
  • Built-in EVF with 3.69 Million Dots, Vari-angle Touchscreen LCD and Dot-matrix LCD Panel
  • Sophistication in a Lightweight, Compact Size
  • High Magnification Ratio of 30x in Live View
  • Impressive Durability
  • Silent Shutter
  • USB Charge Compatible

 

Canon EOS Ra Intro Video made by B&H Store

Canon EOS Ra Press Release

CAPTURE THE BEAUTY OF THE NIGHT SKY WITH CANON’S FIRST FULL-FRAME MIRRORLESS CAMERA FOR ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY

Introducing the EOS Ra Camera with Specialized Filtration that Delivers Four Times Greater Hydrogen-alpha Wavelength (656.3 nm) Transmittance Compared to the EOS R

MELVILLE, N.Y., November 5, 2019 — In the words of poet Quintus Ennius, “No one regards what is before his or her feet; we all gaze at the stars.” Helping to gaze and capture the beauty of the stars and beyond, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the company’s first full-frame mirrorless camera for astrophotography, the EOS Ra. This new camera was built off the EOS R system combining new features, such as four times greater transmittance of hydrogen-alpha (Hα) light of 656.3 nm compared to the original EOS R. For astrophotographers and hobbyists who enjoy capturing the detailed splendor of the night sky, the new EOS Ra will be an ideal camera to shoot with.

“Since the introduction of the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera system last fall, Canon has remained committed to launching a line of impressive and innovative EOS R models and a strong variety of RF lenses and accessories to meet the needs of every skill level of photographer,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “As a group of photographers who are passionate about capturing what we can’t see with our naked eyes, the new EOS Ra is designed for astrophotographers looking to capture vivid imagery of the night sky.”

Targeting the needs of astrophotographers, the new EOS Ra full-frame mirrorless camera incorporates many advanced features of the EOS R, such as RF mount design, a 30.3MP CMOS sensor, high-precision electronic viewfinder, high-sensitivity, low-noise performance and 4K time-lapse shooting. Optional accessories include an AC adapter kit, which allows the camera to be powered through an AC wall outlet or a battery-powered inverter, a BG-E22 battery grip and three EF-EOS R mount adapters to accommodate the entire range of over seventy EF & EF-S lenses.

Other features include:

  • Enhanced transmission of Hα rays (656.3 nm wavelength) through an infrared cutoff filter, helping to capture high-precision images of the deep-red wavelengths emitted by nebulae in vivid color, without any special camera alterations.
  • A 30x maximum magnification, allowing users to make extremely precise manual focus adjustments*.
  • Support for all Canon RF, EF and EF-S lenses (with the use of an optional EF-EOS R mount adapter), including more than 70 lenses from the EF series as well as RF series lenses, which deliver superb image quality. The variety of lenses, such as the large-diameter f/1.2 lenses, ultra-wide-angle lenses, and super-telephoto EF lenses, among others, are all well suited to help photographers to choose the best match for their specific astrophotography purposes.

Availability and Pricing

The Canon EOS Ra full-frame mirrorless camera is scheduled to be available in mid-December 2019 for an estimated retail price of $2,499.00 for the body only**.

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A bit more about Canon EOS Ra, and Major Specifications

Finally we have the major specs of the Canon EOS Ra camera. Let’s take a look at the major specs of the camera. It features almost same core specs as we have seen in Canon EOS R camera.

Canon EOS Ra Major Specification [Rumor]

  • 30.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Infrared Sensitivity–Astrophotography
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • 4K30, 24 Video
  • C-Log & 10-Bit HDMI Out
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • 3.69m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.15″ 2.1m-Dot Swivel Touchscreen LCD
  • Expanded ISO 50-102400
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, SD UHS-II Card Slot
  • Multi-Function Bar, Dual Pixel RAW

Modified infrared filter and a low-noise sensor with heightened hydrogen-alpha sensitivity. These modifications allow the camera to capture magnificent photographs of “red hydrogen emission” nebulae and other cosmic phenomena.

The major difference between the EOS R and EOS Ra is the modified IR cut filter. Canon has altered the filter to provide the Canon EOSRa with greater infrared light sensitivity and enabled it to achieve hydrogen-alpha light transparency. Hydrogen-alpha, also referred to as H-alpha or Hα, is a very specific red visible spectral line created by hydrogen, with a wavelength of 656.28nm. This red visible line in the spectrum occurs when hydrogen electrons fluctuate between the second and third-tiered orbits (or energy levels) of a hydrogen atom (according to the Balmer Series). When they move between these levels they absorb or release energy, and this emission and absorption of energy occurs at 656nm.

The IR cut filter modification of the Canon EOS Ra helps to allow as much light as possible to pass through this narrow bandwidth at the H-alpha frequency. The modification essentially allows you to photograph reddish, diffuse nebulae and other astronomical phenomena in a clearer, more brilliant manner—void of the IR attenuation associated with traditional hot mirrors and other IR-blocking technologies on most cameras. The need to photograph light at this wavelength is paramount because the color of light emitted from nebulae is strongest, and most pure at the hydrogen-alpha line. The color of this light is outside the parameters of the visible spectrum, and our eyes, or camera, cannot accurately render this light without filtration.

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